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Active biomonitoring with wet and dry moss: a case study in an urban area

Environmental Chemistry Letters (Impact Factor: 1.62). 01/2009; 7(1):55-60. DOI: 10.1007/s10311-008-0135-4

ABSTRACT Active biomonitoring of the air quality in Belgrade, Serbia, was performed using the moss Sphagnum
girgensohnii. Moss bags were exposed in parallel with and without irrigation for 3 and 6months, respectively, at three different sites.
Twenty-nine elements were determined in the exposed moss samples by INAA. For all exposure periods, higher uptake in the irrigated
moss bags was evident for Al, Cr, Fe, Zn and Sr. Elements such as Cl, K, Rb and Cs were depleted in the moss tissue during
the time of exposure. For most of the elements the accumulation after 6months exceeded that observed after 3months.

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